This traditional country-style, cold-weather soup is quick to make and tastes great. Hearty dumplings with a kick of horseradish make it a satisfying meal. Delicious!
For horseradish, use wholegrain mustard.
Cock-a-leekie soup Omit the onion, celery, carrots and peas from the basic recipe as well as the dumplings. Fry 2 sliced leeks and 2 rashers lean smoked back bacon, rinded and chopped, in the oil with the diced chicken as step 2, then add the stock, bring to the boil, and stir in 60g long-grain rice and 12 ready-to-eat prunes. Season and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the rice is tender. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley before serving.